Andrew Bornen, 16.
Andrew Bornen, 16.

Mum wants answers for son's death

A YEAR after her son’s bizarre death, a grieving mother wants to know why she is still waiting for police to tell her why he died.

Coalfalls mother Helen Donaldson said it was terrible enough to lose her 16-year-old without having to wait for answers.

Mrs Donaldson’s plea comes days after Police Minister Neil Roberts attacked the service for delays in police ethical standards unit investigations.

Her son Andrew Bornen, 16, was allegedly acting aggressively when police told him to lie on the ground about 11pm on February 2 last year.

He was handcuffed face down on Albion Street, Brassall when a car ran over him after the driver apparently failed to see the police motioning her to stop.

“Why does it take so long?” Mrs Donaldson said.

“I rang the investigating officer and he said he’s put all his paperwork into the Coroner. I’m still waiting to hear when the inquest will start.”

A police spokeswoman said yesterday the Ethical Standards Command was in the final stages of completing a report that will be forwarded to the State Coroner.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said he understood the stress that delays had on the Bornen family and the officers involved in the case.

“We have been critical of the extended time taken to finalise internal police investigations,” Mr Leavers said.

He said the police union was trying to work with the police service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission to “ensure a more efficient and effective system can be put in place in the interests of fairness, accountability and transparency”.

“The Bornen case is being dealt with by the coroner and I doubt the delay is caused by the police,” he said.

“It is common for inquests to take two to three years after the death, however this is a matter for the Coroner.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Donaldson says she and her family are finding it harder every day to come to terms with his death.

“It’s hard to wrap yourself around the fact on how he went,” she said.

“You could understand if he was in a car accident or something like that but for him to die like that, it’s something I can’t understand.

“I still get angry, especially when it comes up to birthdays. And it’s not just Andrew’s birthday, it’s everyone’s birthday because we’re a family that gets together and does things together.

“It’s hard not having Andrew here. It’s frustrating because I feel like he was stolen from us.

“I’m not angry at all police, I’m angry at one. The poor driver, she’d still be horrified because it’s not her fault.”



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